Life is crazy. There’s always something going on. Work, school, friends, family, pets, kids, vacations, the list goes on and on. We try to do it all: multitask, delegate our responsibilities to our family, pet sitters, baby sisters. But it still can be pretty difficult for us to focus. Here are 5 tips that helps us focus to have a productive week:
# 1. Put your phone on airplane mode 30 minutes before you sleep.
We are guilty of being super attached to our phones. Our last activity of the day would be watching YouTube videos before turning off the lights to go to bed. Bad bad bad habit and it’s a habit we’re trying to break. By turning our phones on airplane mode 30 minutes before bed time gives us the opportunity to connect and talk to each other about our days. We talk about interesting things we saw, heard, learned. We share our goals for the week. We plan our weekends together. That 30 minutes each night not only help to strengthen our relationship but it also calms us and prepare us for a good night sleep. Better sleep can help you focus during the day.
# 2. Plan your weekly outfits and breakfasts on Sundays.
Mornings are the most hectic part of our day. We wake up. Wake our puppy up. Make sure she goes to the bathroom. Make sure she has clean water and fresh kibbles to eat for breakfast. Brush teeth. Wash face. Makeup. Play with puppy. Find clothes to wear. Make breakfast. Get our work bags ready. Find something to distract our puppy while we slip quietly out the door. Head to work. This whole process takes about 1 hr to 1.5hrs every morning. It will get even more hectic when we have kids of our own.
By planning our weekly outfits and breakfast on Sundays, it takes away the stress of putting it together while we’re trying to do a million other things AND trying to not be late for work. You can have a clothing rack in your room and hang all of your planned outfits from Monday through Friday. Each morning, you simply pick a set of clothing from the rack and move on with your day. For breakfast, try the mason jar breakfast method. Pack all of your breakfast into mason jars for Monday through Friday and set them in the fridge. Every morning, you can grab and eat it at home or you can grab and go to work.
Even if planning your outfits and your breakfast ahead of time does not save you too much time from your morning routine it will definitely save you a lot of stress. Less stress equals a happier you and gives you a great start each day to have a productive week.
# 3. Make appointments with your social media.
We have a love and hate relationship with all of our social medias. It’s great to use those platforms to connect with your friends, get ideas, plan events but let’s be honest, it’s super addictive and can become a total distraction. If you’re a virtual social butterfly like us, you don’t have to unplug completely. Simply make an appointment with your social media! In other words, set specific times during the day where you can splurge your time to check your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. You can set little alarms on your phone to let you know when it’s time to connect and when it’s time to disconnect.
# 4. Make daily to-do lists. Review, implement and check it off.
To-do lists are the best way to keep organized and focused no matter if you’re a student, a working professional or just a regular person trying to get stuff done. We like to make our to-do list for the next day the night before so that it’s fresh in our memories the next morning and we know exactly what we have to do.
Include events and meetings in your to-do list to remind you of places you have to go. By writing down the meetings we have to attend the next day, it gives us the peace of mind to know the time and place ahead of time so that we’re not the last one to walk into the meeting. Or worse, walking late into a meeting.
# 5. Take a walk (and leave your phone in your bag/back pocket).
We really enjoy taking walks in the evening after dinner. It gives us a chance to relax, get some exercise, get our puppy some exercise and it’s another great moment for us to connect and talk. Since our walks are usually a few hours before bed time, we would have more engaging and exciting discussions during that time. We’d discuss current events and celebrity gossip, we’d debate, we’d throw around ideas for this blog, we’d train our puppy and etc. Our energy is high, we speak loudly, we laugh, we release a lot of the stress we gathered throughout the day and we simply have fun. It’s a great way for us to reset and re-energize for the next day.
That’s our top 5 list. Give it a try and let us know how they worked for you. We’d LOVE to hear some tips from you as well. Please share and comment below!